Kate Bush on ‘Stranger Things’-Powered Surge of “Running Up That Hill”: “It’s Quite Shocking Really, Isn’t It?”

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The past few weeks has seen something remarkable happen, all thanks to the Netflix series Stranger Things: Kate Bush has become a viral sensation.

The placement of her 1985 single “Running Up That Hill” in a key scene in an episode of the new fourth season of the suspense/horror series, which premiered on May 27, rocketed the song back up the charts, where it landed on No. 1 in the U.K. The song is currently in the Top 5 on the U.S. charts, qualifying it as Bush’s very first Top 10 hit in the United States.

On Wednesday, Bush capitalized on the moment by speaking with Emma Barnett on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour for a rare interview, and it sounds like she’s as surprised about this as everybody else:

“[Stranger Things] is such a great series, I thought that the track would get some attention. But I just never imagined that it would be anything like this,” Bush said (per Stylist). “It’s so exciting. But it’s quite shocking really, isn’t it? I mean, the whole world’s gone mad!”

Here’s the scene that features “Running Up That Hill” and involves the show’s Max Mayfield (portrayed by actor Sadie Sink) — spoiler alerts, obviously, for those who haven’t caught up with the show yet:

And here’s Kate Bush’s classic music video:

Bush also said in the radio chat that she hadn’t actually listened to her song “for a really long time” before the recent revival, because “I never listen to my old stuff.”

More, via the Guardian:

“It’s such a great series, I thought that the track would get some attention. But I just never imagined that it would be anything like this,” Bush said. “The Duffer brothers created the series and actually we watched it from the first series onwards, so I was already familiar with the series. And I thought what a lovely way for the song to be used in such a positive way. You know, as a kind of talisman almost really for Max. And yeah, I think it’s very touching, actually.”

Earlier this month, series co-creator Matt Duffer said Bush’s music would return for the climactic two episodes of season four, released on 1 July. “There’s an epic Kate Bush moment in the finale that we weren’t expecting, that we kind of discovered as we were editing,” he said. “The sequence was really cool and we were happy with it, but it was missing a little something. And I was like, ‘Well, let’s try Kate. Because when has Kate let us down?’ And it just took it to this new height. It’s arguably the most epic Kate Bush moment. It comes back in a major way.”

Netflix put together a trailer for the final two episodes of Stranger Things using a new remix of “Running Up That Hill.” Again, major spoiler alert:

Bush also posted a message to her fans on her website thanking everybody for all the newfound attention given to the song:

The Duffer Brothers have created four extraordinary series of Stranger Things in which the child actors have grown into young adults. In this latest series the characters are facing many of the same challenges that exist in reality right now. I believe the Duffer Brothers have touched people’s hearts in a special way, at a time that’s incredibly difficult for everyone, especially younger people.

By featuring Running Up That Hill in such a positive light – as a talisman for Max (one of the main female characters) – the song has been brought into the emotional arena of her story. Fear, conflict and the power of love are all around her and her friends.

I salute the Duffer Brothers for their courage – taking this new series into a much more adult and darker place. I want to thank them so much for bringing the song into so many people’s lives.

I’m overwhelmed by the scale of affection and support the song is receiving and it’s all happening really fast, as if it’s being driven along by a kind of elemental force.

I have to admit I feel really moved by it all.
Thank you so very much for making the song a No 1 in such an unexpected way.

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